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, "bbc world news." >> ahmad wali karzai half brother of the afghan president is shot dead and kandahar. the british phone hacking scandal deepened. former prime minister gordon brown expresses shock by information gathering on his son. >> in tears. your son is now going to be broadcast across the media. incredibly upset about it. we are thinking about his future and our family. >> riots on the streets of belfast ahead of an annual celebration. coming up and this program, europe's new nightmare. fears that the debt crisis could spread to italy and spain. after the allegations, the denials. the man behind qatar's world cup bid. hello. the half-brother of afghanistan's president karzai has been killed and an attack and the south of the country. ahmad wali karzai, one of the powerful men and southern afghanistan, was shot dead inside his house reportedly by his bodyguard. she was head of the provincial council and kandahar. there were previous attempts on his life. our correspondent joins us from kabul. quentin, not the first attempt on his life, but what more can you tell us? >> he was ki
in the southern city of kandahar. early to deal with problems at home. the debt contagion hit shares across the eurozone. hello. it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, 3:30 in kabul, and midday in the uk, where the former british prime minister, gordon brown, has been speaking about his shot over allegations that two newspapers used underhand means to obtain financial and medical records relating to his family. mr. brown, whose youngest son, fraser, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, spoke exclusively about the allegations that he was targeted. >> i have never, never talked about my son or wanted to talk about my two sons and my late daughter in public. i have always been reluctant. i have never thought it was right that the private lives of young children growing up, who i want to have an ordinary life, should be paraded across the media. i have always sought to keep them from that, and the record will show that is exactly what i did, despite people wanting to have all sorts of stories about their private life and the family's private life. i have never talked about my son's medical condition bef
conversation. there was another brazen attack today in kandahar, the key city to the war effort in southern afghanistan. the city's mayor was assassinated by a suicide bomber who hit a bomb-- hid a bomb in his turbin. cbs news correspondent mandy clark interviewed the mayor when she was in kandahar and included him in a story about an american soldier who is playing an unusual role there. here's her report. >> reporter: jim crawford may not look like it, but he's a u.s. army major, part of a program called "afghan hands," designed to mentor government officials. >> hey, how's it going? >> how you been? >> good, good. >> reporter: to break down barriers he wears local clothing and a full beard, mike most afghan men. when we visited kandahar earlier this month, crawford was anxious to introduce us to the city's mayor, ghulam haider hamidi. >> there are a lot of good afghans here working and working very hard and risking their life. he's one of them. so the people here are really lucky to have him as mayor. >> reporter: that luck ran out today. a suicide bomber got into the same corridor as th
, the head of the kandahar provincial council was accused of being devolved in the drug trade and dealing with the taliban. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination which has opened up a power vacuum. >> he describes himself as the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. few disagreed. ahmad wali karzai was a controversial figure. in kandahar today, the walls of sight of his compound were closed. the president's half brother lived under the tightest security. only the closest could get close. without saying a word, he shot him twice. he welcomed president sarkozy of france. he said, this morning, my younger brother was murdered -- martyred. this is the life of afghan people. we have all suffered the same kind of pain. forgive me for not speaking with a smile today. ahmad wali karzai was said to be deeply involved with the heroin trade. the allegations strained relations with afghanistan's allies. in april, he told a bbc documentary crew about attempts on his life. >> are there still now? >> every day. >> drug traffickers? >> taliban. >> ahmad wali karzai came close
figure in the family's an cessual home province of kandahar and was a key power broker and proxy for his brother in the region. but he was also widely suspected of a deep and pervasive corruption. in an interview last month with the cbc, the canadian broadcasting corporation, karzai dismissed persistent talk of profiteering. >> it is never approved. i might help people to facilitate things for them when it comes to security, when it comes to organizing meeting with the population. because i'm the only person who has all the facilities. >> for years, allegations also swirled that the one-time chicago-area restauranteur had ties who afghanistan's lucrative drug trade. but karzai repeatedly denied those allegations too. and he had a constant defender in his half brother. president karzai made that clear to newshour margaret warner in early 2009. >> he was a -- have i with given that would suggest that he is involved. that i'm not sure. >> that same year, the "new york times" reported that ahmed wali karzai was on the cia payroll, a charge he also denied. in washington today, a whitehouse sp
president has been assassinated in kandahar. he was shot dead by his head of security. this was call it -- this was called one of their top achievements by the taliban. the murder took place where the french president was on a state visit. -- while the french president was on a state visit. >> nicolas sarkozy had come to announce the withdrawal of french troops by the end of next year. that news was overshadowed by the assassination. for the afghan president, the death of his brother is a political loss as well as a personal one. "we hope that there would be an end to the pain and suffering of the afghan people and peace and security will be established in our country so that no other family has to suffer such pain. >> ahmad wali karzai was the provincial chief of kandahar and of the most powerful men in southern afghanistan. this death will leave a power vacuum in be -- in the battle against the taliban insurgency. he was stopped by allegations of corruption. he is suspected of been involved in the heroin trade. he had survived two previous assassination attempts. >> we were joined
a cross tattooed on her left shoulder. >>> the suicide bombing in kandahar has killed the mayor. >> the bomb gilled ghulam halder hamidi in all three power brokers in the area have been murdered in the last 2 weeks. >> he was a man who loved the american values. >> people close to him said he was trying to rebuild kandahar based on the american dream. >> reporter: the suicide bomber got into city hall and set off an explosion that killed the mayor. the news made it back to washington quickly, the place he also called home. >> he loved washington because of the diversity. >> reporter: he was an accountant at transa.m. -- transam travel for 18 years. he left to help the war-torn nation. >> he wanted to go give back to his people in kandahar. >> reporter: of course it came with a high risk. his friends warned him about it a month ago during his visit back to the u.s. >> we have been saying it's not safe, come back, come back. >> reporter: he had been threatens twice before -- threatened twice before, but he said he loved kandahar. >> hamidi first came to the country as a refugee in
to spread the american dream and quickly became the mayor of kandahar. today an assassin takes hi life, but not his legacy. now, friends and co-workers reflect. >>> also tonight, another heat wave is on the way. topper's tracking a quick return to near triple digit temperatures. >>> plus, the clock is still ticking on that debt ceiling crisis. we'll rundown what did and didn't happen tonight. >>> five days, one hour left before the united states bumps its checkbook up against that debt ceiling and todays drama was not over whether the democrats and republicans can agree on a solution. >> todays drama was over republicans in the house can agree with each other on a plan to send to the senate. now, we agreed gary nurenberg is the guy to bring us up-to- date. >> reporter: it's the biggest task of john boehneras speaker so far. trying to get republicans to line up behind the plan that a substantial number of them don't want. >> as he got republicans into closed door meetings to get in line behind his budget cutting debt ceiling plan, tea party activists rallied against raising the debt cei
clark in kandahar, afghanistan's most dangerous city. she comes under attack while wearing a berka. >> reporter: another stone was just thrown at me-- ow! >> just today the city's mayor was assassinated in a brazen attack. cell phone safety: to all those minutes add up to health problems for kids? dr. jon lapook reports. and it's a place where wounded warriors learn to hope again. david martin on the closing of walter reed. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> schieffer: good evening, scott's off tonight. i'm bob schieffer. the fallout from washington's inability to find a solution to the budget crisis and raise the debt limit has, apparently, begun. on wall street, the stock market was down for the third day in a row. the dow fell more than 198 point today. for the week, it's down nearly 400 points, and it has lost close to $105 billion in value. some of the bond rating services are now saying that even if congress does reach an agreement on a budget plan, it may be too late to avoid lowering the rating on some american securities. we ha
powerful man in southern afghanistan was shot in his own home in kandahar by a man he knew and trusted. mandy clark is in kandahar. >> reporter: ahmad wali karzai was rushed to this kandahar hospital but with multiple gunshot wounds there was no chance he would survive. outside in the street lay the body of the man who had gotten through a tight ring of security to gun him down. >> my younger brother was murdered in his house this morning. president hamid karzai announced. ahmed wali karzai was a tribal council leader and considered the most powerful man in southern afghanistan. the attack stunned the city that has been hit by a series of targeted assassinations. this is the place, headquarters in kandahar city. just moments ago word of the shooting came through as the police chief was wrapping up his interview with us and he rushed out to take charge. general abdul raziq told us that security was improving in the city when his two cell phones lit up at once. karzai's death leaves a large power vacuum behind. he's a skilled mediator of tribal disputes but over the years there were pers
inside a mosque in the southern city of kandahar. the blast took place during a memorial service for president hamid karzai's brother, ahmad wali karzai, who was killed this week. four people died in the blast, which is described as a suicide attack. it comes on the same day the united nations released the latest figures on civilian casualties in the context of this year. they saw a spike in numbers with a 15% rise in the past six months compared to the same period last year. the annual report shows that 1,462 civilians have been killed in fighting since the beginning of the year. the un missions says 80% of those deaths were caused by insurgents and international forces in afghanistan. let's talk to our correspondent in the afghan capital. this reinforces concerns, perhaps, that kandahar is becoming more volatile after ahmad wali karzai's death. >> yes, that's right. that's the sense a lot of people are getting. the blast took place just after noon at one of the major mosque s. the president was not there himself. all four of his remaining brothers were, as well as a number of s
. he was shot and killed in his home yesterday in kandahar. a trusted security guard and confidant went into the home using that trust, lured awk out of a meeting, sent him into another room where they were alone the sign papers. as awk was signing those papers, that's when mohammed shot him. it's unclear if he shot hit twice in the head or three times in various parts of his body. right now what's confusing everyone is where did mohammed shoot karzai? what we understand is they're from the same klan, that they're, in fact, distant relatives. the taliban claimed responsibility saying they've worked with sadar mohammed for some time now. but many believe it could be because of a tribal feud which confuses everyone when it comes to afghanistan, because we have to remember there's more than just the taliban at play here. >> and mr. karzai's body was later hung over the streets in kandahar. can you put into perspective for viewers in the united states what his death means in that country? >> reporter: absolutely. when you look at awk, everyone has heard about his narco trading, possibly bei
it is re designed. we'll be right back. >>> a suicide bombing in the southern afghan city of kandahar had has killed their mayor. the bomber hid explosives in his turban in order to assassinate the man who lived in the area for two decades before returning to afghanistan in 2007 to take leadership in rebuilding his homeland. his friends discussed his desire to help his countrymen. >> he wanted to give back to his people in kandahar. >> just two weeks ago, president karzai's half-brother because also killed in kandahar. in all, three power brokers from southern afghanistan have been murdered this month. >>> at least five people were killed and more than 20 others injured when two bombs exploded in the iraqi city of tikrit this morning. it was the hometown of former dictator saddam hussein. experts believe sunni muslims with ties to al-qaeda are responsible for the attack. >>> the international space station is going to come crashing into earth in about 10 to 15 years. that is about how much longer useful life it has. nasa says the plan is always been to let it fall out of orbit, burn up, a
was carried out by a man who hit explosives in his turban. it happened in kandahar during a memorial service to president karzai's brother was assassinated this week. for more of the president brothers and the governor were in kandahar. >> another deadly attack in the heart of kandahar. top afghan officials were attending a prayer service for the president's half brother when the bomber struck. elite police units secured the area. among the dead, an influential cleric. a man opposed to the taliban. like so many other tax, the brunt of it was borne by ordinary afghans. more people are also dying from nato air strikes. late on wednesday, six villages were attacked among the victims, women and children. it led to a wave of anger. protests have taken place pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. that is about to happen imminently. some are wondering, at what cost? starting next week and over the next several months, thousands of nato troops have begun to a withdrawal. handing over security to local afghan forces. questions are being raised about whether there are taking on the role especi
in kandahar. when we recently visited his compound, it was probably a day like today. he was the man to solve every problem. that created problems for him. >> this is for the big attacks, like suicide attacks. are two major suicide attacks on me -- on my office -- there were two major suicide attacks me -oe -- on my office. >> are they still happening? >> taliban pou >> he came under fire from his allies -- taliban. >> he came under fire from his allies, too. there are reports that you support the taliban. >> that is in the past. >> never he did, -- whatever he did, ahmad wali was the point man for the allied forces. >> for more on the power vacuum the assassination leaves, i am joined by david ignatius. thank you for joining us. with ahmad wali karzai gone, who will fill his shoes? >> we do not know yet. the key strong man in this area of kandahar has been ahmad wali karzai. he said that wali karzai, who has been such a problem for the u.s. and coalition -- a corrupt or lower, -- corrup warlord -t d -- with him gone, they will look for somebody else, but it is not likely they can fill the ro
. on the other hand, he helped hamid karzai exert fouer down in the south in kandahar where the president probably would not have been able to exert that power. so his loss british columbiaens karzai at a time when negotiations with the taliban move forward and it also may have very big repercussions for the u.s. effort in the south. people called president hamid karzai's brother a corrupt gangster. but the cia's former head of counterterrorism says the u.s. may miss him. >> it's quite like live that what follows is going to be something that will not work to our interest. >> reporter: an afghan official says he was gunned down in his own home, shot in the head and chest by his own guard. the taliban took credit, but it's not clear if the shooter was really working for them. >> the united states condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of president karzai's half brother in kandahar. >> a u.s. official said quote, while we must deal with ahm ahmed wali karzai, he's widely understood to be corrupt and narcotics trafficker. the state department and u.s. military were trying to bui
brother of this country's president was shot in killed in kandahar. ahmed wali karzai owned his own guard, gunned him down in his house while he was entertaining friends. this karzai was a powerful council chief and pretty powerful guy, his name has been linked to drug dealing. one u.s. diplomatic cable turned up on wikileaks, widely known to be corrupt and narcotics trafficker. "every afghan family has suffered. i hope one day these sufferings end." >>> in the u.s. top democrats and republicans plan fill the gaps between spending gaps and other savings that republicans want. long and short of it, no deal yet, just a brick wall. we like jay leno's take on the whole debate. listen. >> i said no. >> i said no first! >> i said no first! >> no, i said no first! >> i said no first! >> question is, which one is the democrat? which one was the republican? president obama even alluded to childhood to describe where this debate stands. >> we might as well do it now, pull off the band-aid, eat our peas. >> well these peas are better than brussel sprouts or peas or a debt clock in new york needs two
. >> there has been an attack on a mosque in afghanistan's southern city of kandahar. it appeared during the service of the brother of hamid karzai, ahmed wali karzai who was assassinated this week. >> i was if this mosque 30 minutes before the explosion took place. the memorial service for ahmed wali karzai was taking place. government officials, people from across the country. security was extremely tight. i was talking to other people when the explosion took place. according to eyewitnesses who were inside the mosque, as soon as the attacker tried to get inside the mosque, he was stopped by security guards, he detonated his explosive vest killing a prominent religious leader and injuring 10 others. doctors at the main hospital have told me they have five dead bodies. the scene here is one of chaos and panic. all the key roads have been closed and in the last 30 minutes or so, there have been visible decreases in traffic. shops have been closed as well. >> some other stories for you. united nation's reports a 15% increase in civilian deaths across afghanistan since last year. the u.n.
and substations to close. >> the mayor of kandahar has been killed by a suicide bomber. ghulam haidar hameedi was meeting tribal elders at his offices when the attack happened. the taliban has claimed responsibility. our correspondent, jonathan, has more for us from kabul. give us the reaction. this is another blow for the authorities. >> it is. this was a mayor who was trusted by president hamid karzai himself. he was trusted by the americans. also, this is another assassination of a high-profile figure. remember, two weeks ago, ahmad wali karzai, the president's half brother was killed. there does seem to be a pattern to these killings, targeting high-profile individuals oil to the government. >> this is the attempt, to assassinate high-profile government officials. this is the only strength they have so far, which will also be deterred by our security forces. we will try our best. in the last two years, it still continues. we will be looking after the insurgents. we strongly believe the only strength that they have now. >> do you mean the taliban? >> the insurgents, the taliban, and the te
in the southern city of kandahar has been killed by suicide bomber. ghulam haidar hameedi was meeting tribal elders at his offices when that happened. the table has claimed responsibility. joining me is our correspondent, johnathan beal. perhaps a bit more explanation as to why? >> yes. i mean, you're right, the table had said they were behind this attack. of course, there's still an investigation establishing the fact of why this happened and whether it was related to the land dispute for which he was having a meeting. it seems the suicide bomber had also infiltrated that group. he hid explosives in his turbine, which he then detonated and, killing himself and the others. remember we saw the assassination of the half brother of hamid karzai and the murder of the chief there and so on. but it's the first time a suicide bomber has hidden explosives inside his turbine. now, as this was happening, i was here in kabul for the first press conference by the new american ambassador to afghanistan. this was his reaction to this latest killing. >> obviously we condemn in the strongest possible terms
of his brothers and the governor of kandahar were in the mosque at the time but they were not heard. >> and other deadly attack in the heart of kandahar. officials were attending a service for the president's brother when the bomber struck. the police security area. among the dead, an influential clear -- among the dead, an influential cleric opposed to the taliban. the brunt of this attack was borne by ordinary afghans. late on wednesday, six villagers died in a raid during an operation to flush out insurgents from near the pakistan border. among the victims, women and children. this has led to a wave of anger among afghans. the protests have taken place pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. that is about to happen. some are wondering, at what cost. starting next week and over the next several months, several troops will begin the withdrawal from afghanistan and handing over security to local afghan forces. questions are raised about whether they are ready to take over, especially after these killings. >> this is "bbc news, the headlines -- the fbi opened an investigation
of kandahar was in the mosque. >> another deadly attack in the heart of kandahar. top afghan officials were attending a prayer service for the president's half-brothers. they were quickly whisked away as eight police units secure the area. among the dead, an influential cleric, a man opposed to the taliban. like so many other attacks, the brought was born by ordinary afghans. more people are also dying from nato air strikes. on wednesday, six villagers died in this raid. it was an operation to flush out insurgents near the pakistan border. among the victims, women and children. it led to a wave of anger among afghans. protest have taken place, pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. that is about to happen imminently, but some are wondering at what cost? starting next week and over the next several months, thousands of nato troops will begin a gradual withdrawal from afghanistan, and the security to the afghan forces. questions are being raised about if they are ready to take on the role, especially after these high-profile killings. >> this is a bbc news. the fbi opened an investiga
of the violence in his country firsthand. his brother ahmad wali karzai was murdered in his home in kandahar. the taliban quickly took responsibility claiming they hired a hit man to carry out the killing. this was just a sledge hammer to president karzai. what happened and was it the taliban? >> reporter: well, to be honest with you, not only was it a sledge hammer to president karzai but a sledge hammer to kandahar at the moment. what we know about the death of ahmad wali karzai, referred to as awk, he was killed by a bodyguard, a trusted companion, the taliban did claim responsibility saying they've been working with this bodyguard for some time now to infiltrate the head of the council. awk was influential as well as infamous power broker down south. one thing that the u.s. and nato forces needed him for was the fact he was a stabilizing factor in kandahar. with the deather afraid of the vacuum that's going to leave behind. >> you sat down with an exclusive interview with outgoing ambassador carl eikenberry. what did you learn from him? you spoke to him before this assassination. tell us
in kandahar. word of his death spread, the taliban quickly took responsibility claiming they hired a hitman to carry out the killing, but u.s. officials are not so sure and are working to gather more intelligence. this afternoon, condemning in the strongest possible terms the killing of karzai. with more on these stories we're joined by msnbc's chief foreign corresponde correspondent in kandahar. what new details have you learned about the killing? >> reporter: we've spoken to witnesses in kandahar. we've also spoken to people who were at karzai's -- the person killed today, not president karzai, of course, his half brother, we spoke to people who are at the house, the residence in kandahar when this attack took place at around 11:00 this morning and the version of events as we were told were roughly as follows. there was a meeting of tribal elders under way that involved several dozen people. this is very normal for somebody in ahmed wali karzai's presence. someone who was a distant relative and worked for the karzai family about ten years. a man named sardar mohammed. he entered the meeti
cain said some areas of afghanistan including kandahar, are definitely safer. >>> the news edge is everywhere at 11:00. a fire at a church sends one firefighter to the hospital and causes thousands of dollars in damage. the firefighter was hurt while batting the flames. flames were seen shooting through the roof. authorities believe it was caused by a lightning strike. >>> a fire gutted a straussberg, virginia church. happened saturday evening. parishers held services on the building's front lawn today. the outside of the building was not destroyed in the fire. the church says they'll rebuild. >>> one person killed last night after getting hit by two cars. police say the man was intoxicated and fell crossing central avenue near ritchie road. police say he was hit by two cars, both of them stopped. an offduty metro police officer was the driver in one of the cars. the man walking died on the scene. neither of the drivers face charges. >>> a blind deaf dog goes on a journey to take hundreds of miles away from home. neighborly advice helped reunite the dog with his family. gwen? >>
are convinced the man will keep striking until he is caught. >>> a suicide bombing in kandahar killed the mayor. the bomber hid the explosives explosives in his turbine. it killed ghulam halder hamidi. he had lived in the washington, dc, until 2007 when he took a leadership role to help rebuild his home land. his friends talk about his desire to help his country mend. >> he wanted to give back to his people in kandahar. >> two weeks ago, the president's half brother was also killed in dan rare. -- kandahar. >>> the closure of walter reid medical center now feels more official. the army had a closing ceremony yesterday at the georgia afflalo case as part of the black realignment. the facility will be combined with the national naval center in bethesda. all patients will be transferred over in the next few weeks. in september it will be handed over to the state department and the district of columbia. >>> with the house vote likely on the debt ceiling toe, it's -- today, it's time to look at your money. >> jessica doyle with the possible impact on your credit card. >> reporter: there could be a r
in the southern city of kandahar. officials say he was killed by a trusted guard. the suspect was then killed by other guards. the taliban says the shooter was working for them. ahmed wali karzai was accused by the u.s. and local afghans of being involved in the drug trade and other illegal activities. president karzai spoke to reporters about two hours after the shooting, saying only that quote, this is the life of the afghan people, this sorrow is in every afghan home. >>> high above earth, a final walk in space. these are live pictures that we are bringing to all of you. two crew members of the international space station, you see it here, venturing out on the last space walk of nasa's space shuttle era. absolutely breathtaking. the two floated over the yucatan peninsula. take a look at these live pictures. their job today is to recover a broken pump and stow it in the cargo bay of shuttle "atlantis" which docked with the space station on sunday. the space walk was scheduled to last about six hours. the "atlantis" mission is the last of the 30-year shuttle program. "atlantis" due to return
vaolatile and explosive the situation is in kandahar. there was a suicide bomber that kills kandahar mayor. and nic robertson interviewed the mayor just this past december, and the account and telling and prophetic. >> i got a warning that -- >> reporter: just before we reached the street, one of his guards interrupts. >> i want to bring in david who is following the wave of assassinations. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the mayor's murder. what is being said about this? >> reporter: well, ambassador crocker who is on his third day here in afghanistan is said to proceed with caution. he intends to take credit for high profile attacks, and whether or not they are behind it is unclear. two young girls had been inadvertently killed in a road accident. and officials asked if it was a revenge killing by the girls' family members or a taliban attack. crocker said if it was a taliban attack he said it operates a sign of operational weakness. >> i think because of the success of the coalition campaign in the south, including in kandahar, we are seeing a phenomenon that is not dissimila
was shot and killed in his kandahar home today. a killer a bodyguard who taliban officials say they hired to infiltrate karzai's inner circle. this comes as a blow to the government just days after a visit from u.s. defense secretary leon panetta. we're joined by william cohen. thank you for being with us. >> good to be with you. >> let me ask you about this assassination. some have said this will be a huge propaganda victory for the taliban. do youee? >> anytime they can get that close to the inner circle of president karzai it's a big victory for them. it points out the difficulty that president karzai has had in trying to cope with the local politics as such where all frequently invoking tip o'neill's axiom that all politics is local. we're seeing that all politics are local in afghanistan. that's one of the problems that president karzai has. secondly his brother has a reputation of being a power broker. most of our military leaders have said there's not a military solution in afghanistan it's a political one. it makes it that much more difficult. i think it's going to be more challen
assassinated in his home in kandahar, a man considered to be one of the most powerful men the war-torn nation. but, walid karzai had skeletons in the closet. accusations of drug dealing and corruption. and there is no doubt he was a thorn in the side of the u.s. military. the afghanistan corruption reportedly helped steal the insurgency. but the president could face a can't live with him can't live without him situation, because he was also reportedly a valuable ally against the taliban. now from the brockings institute, michael o'hanlon, a nonprofit public organization. michael, help us understand who this guy is and why he was important and why we wish he isn't dead? >>guest: you summed up the complexity of him. i would emphasize one more thing there was a time when the c.i.a. had him on the payroll and the military was trying to get him off the u.s. payroll to underscore the complex. we thought, some thought this is the best guy we will be able to work with, we might as well accept he is a mafia don and work with him the best we can and try to push him into a more peaceful direction. and o
at his heavily guarded home in kandahar. as mike reports, his death could have major implication is. >> he was one of the most influential men in afghanistan. he was president of kandahar provincial council and of course half brother to the president of afghanistan and that gave him additional power. people in kandahar said you couldn't get anything done without going through him. his brother the president of afghanistan said his death is a reflection of the suffering of the afghan people. but l he was plagued by allegations throughout his political career that he was corrupt. and that he was also involved in the drug trade. these are allegations he denied. but those allegations floating out there serve to undermine u.s. and nato effort to create a stable government in afghanistan. and it also comes at a very bad time as the u.s. tries to draw back soldiers from afghanistan. highlighting the success they have had militarily in kandahar and in helman professor since. his death shows instability still exist ins those areas. this is abc news, afghanistan. >>> it was in afghani
see their checks stopped. the joint chiefs of staff mike mullen was in kandahar today and while speaking with soldiers they brought up the debt fight here in washington. >> there are many of you living paycheck to paycheck and if paychecks were to stop, it can have a devastating ill pact and devastating impact pretty quickly. >> and he told the soldiers like most government agencies there will be belt tightening and cuts and that include cutbacks to military benefits. >>> here at home we have been following what is a serious concern for residents and business owners in adams comorg. last week police instituted operation adams morgan, but now they have one measure that has been making a difference and they have put an end to it. darcy spencer is there tonight. >> reporter: last weekend d.c. police launched operation adams morgan in an attempt to tame the night life some are saying is out of control. friday night, police eliminated the parking on the southside of northeast which is the side of most of the bars. police say that police have abruptly changed course and no longer will
of afghan president hamid karzai has been shot to death at his home in kandahar. one of his body guards shot him. we'll bring you more information when we have it. >>> britain's former prime minister gordon brown is the latest victim of phone hacking. the sun and sunday times improperly obtained personal information like bank and medical records on his family. two senior police officers will be grilled by a committee of mps why they didn't investigate phone hacking claims earlier. >>> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton has criticized syria for failing to protect embassies after pro-government demonstrators broke windows and spray painted walls. no one managed to get into the building. >>> divers are still searching for victims of a deadly boat disaster. the boat was overloaded, not licensed to carry passengers when it sank on sunday. president dmitry medvedev ordered an investigation. >>> u.s. president barack obama is meeting with lawmakers for another round of debt talks on tuesday. the debate stalled over how to slash the deficit and raise the debt ceiling before the u.s. defaults. r
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